This would be a way to deploy solar power collectors without disrupting remote and pristine public lands-

It also seems to me that a way to use the electricity to power a new generation of vehicle might also be possible.

Idaho man gets federal money to develop his idea of putting solar panels in highways. By Rocky Barker. Idaho Statesman.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Idaho man gets federal money to develop his idea of putting solar panels in highways

  1. avatar Aaron M.C. says:

    Sounds like a plan. Though, its still in experimental testing. But, are they actually building solar panels into the road? With vehicles running over them?

  2. avatar Bonnie says:

    That’s the way I read it, but I like the way this guy is thinking outside the box. Has anyone thought about putting solar panels above the interstates? Maybe we could put a continous roof over the highways made of solar panels. Not only would it generate power, but it would cut down on snowplowing costs buy reducing the amount of snow on the roadways as well as provide shade in the summer. Of course they would need to have open sides, no tunnel effect, so we could see Idaho’s magnificant scenery.


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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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